The British New Years Honours list has just been published (you can read it in full here) and it contains the names of at least three people whose honours are connected with intellectual property (the full list is 95 pages long and the grounds on which honours are given is sometimes a little cryptic). Anyway, this year's IP stars are
* Christine Reid (Lambert Group), who becomes a MBE (Member of the British Empire) for services to collaborative research and innovation;

* Nicholas Buckland (no affiliation given), similarly honoured for services to technology and innovation;

* Geoffrey Drage (no affiliation given) has been awarded the OBE (Order of the British Empire) for services to intellectual property rights.
Congratulations, says the IPKat. It's good to see IP-related activity recognised at the highest levels. Merpel is a little puzzled though. Normally a Kat who prides herself on her vast knowledge of the IP fraternity, she is a little embarrassed to confess that she is unfamiliar with all of these names. She wonders whether any of her readers might please enlighten her?
Congratulations! Congratulations! Reviewed by Jeremy on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 Rating: 5


  1. From the list of members of the IPO's "Steering Board" (is that a synonym for "rudder"?):
    Geoffrey Drage
    Independent board member
    Director of GKD Europe Ltd, Q Futures Ltd and Omega (After Alpha) Ltd.,
    Mentor for (i) the SEEDA Enterprise Hub Network and (ii) Life-IC, the Sheffield based low carbon company incubator
    Member of the audit committees of WIPO and DIUS

    Not only is Mr Drage's existence news to me, so too is that of of the Board. I't's good to have learnt two new things by this time in the morning ... three, if I include Lewis Hamilton's middle names.

  2. Christine is a former IT/IP partner at Manches, Oxford, who set up her own firm a couple of years ago. She has been the draftsman of the Lambert research agreements and more recently has been involved in the B2B Licensing project, coordinated by the UKIPO.

  3. OBE is not an abbreivation for "Order of the British Empire", but for "Officer of the Order of the British Empire". The MBE, OBE and CBE and KBE and GBE are all ranks within the "Most Excellent Order of the British Empire".

  4. Try:
    Christine Reid:
    Geoffrey Drage:
    Nicholas Buckland:

  5. "abbreivation" is not a correct spelling of abbreviation.

  6. Does the British Empire still exist? Who is the Emperor/Empress?

  7. New Year dishonours. Celebrity Mastermind included David Lammy; he came last. He even scored badly on his specialist subject, Mohamed Ali.

  8. Geoffrey is also a member of the WIPO Audit Committee.

  9. No, Mastermind is like the Olympics (allegedly) - it's not the winning, it's the taking part. Lammy deserves credit for that.


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